Glorious Easter at Crich Stand Memorial

Easter 2019 has reached record levels for good weather so our first visit of the year on Saturday April 20th turned out as a glorious day.
Crich Stand Memorial has a tower in memory of those from the Sherwood Foresters Regiment, built in 1851 although records show towers from 1760. It had a light which in 1934 had a range of 38 miles. There is also a Jubilee Beacon from 2002. With other memorials in the grounds and spectacular views of several counties, being 1000 ft asl, it is a popular location.
The club is very lucky to be allowed access for events with none of the noise levels most of us are now used to.
A dozen members enjoyed the day using half a dozen radios and a selection of antennae from homebuilt Magloop, VHF beam, VHF and HF verticals to an Endfed wire slung along a hedge with spectacular results . HF reached a special event station in Spain and east to Bulgaria whilst VHF reached from Birmingham to Sheffield giving lots of local chats with jealous contacts. The new lightweight generator coped admirably, being quiet and using much less fuel than its predecessor.

73 Alan M0OLT

The Vikings are back

On Saturday 30th March 2019 our QTH The Post Mill Centre hosted a Viking Fest and the club were asked to operate a station which we were pleased to do. Unfortunately we could not contact the long boats before they set sail but welcomed them on the day. With Svartland Viking Workshops, Viking Combat Viking Falconry, Crown a Viking and a Viking Hog Roast made it busy event and a really enjoyable day out.
Mel M0RNU, Barry G4PCL and David 2E0DAO set up outside in a suntrap and were distracted by the aroma of the hog roast. They were joined during the day by Alan M0OLT, Dennis M0DEN and Nigel G6MRN.
The HF bands were totally swamped by an International competition but several QSO were made on 2m including some long interesting chats.

The next club event will be a day out at Crich Stand on Saturday 20th April.

Junction 28 Rally June 9th

JUNCTION 28 Radio Rally 2019

            Sunday June 9th

Admission £3.00  Open 10.15 am

       Alfreton Leisure Centre Bowls Hall

           Church St , South Normanton

                 Alfreton DE55 7BD

       10 minutes from M1 Junction  28

                       (NB this is not club QTH)

New and used rigs, antennae, accessories,

        components, books & magazines

                Trade & private sales

   RSGB, national &  local club stands

             Over 100 tables all indoors

     Licenced Bar, Snacks and Café on site

Promoted by South Normanton Alfreton & District Amateur Radio Club

    Enquiries to Alan Jones      01332679913


From North , South or East at  M1 Jct 28

Take A38 West to 3rd exit A61 Alfreton

Pass Tesco, at War Memorial turn left.

From West Midlands  follow A38 to A61

Turn left to Alfreton then left at War Memorial.

Chesterfield and Yorkshire follow A61 to Alfreton

Turn right at War Memorial.

Help Needed FT 817 and FLGIGI

I am running LinuxMint to a FT817 via a ZLP Digimaster ProPlus. Using supplied USB lead from ZLP to computer; CAT lead to the 817; and audio in/out from 817 to computer mic/speaker sockets. Having great difficulty in getting FT8 or FLDIGI to operate. After some weeks now have FT8 receiving; but no rig control whatsoever! FLDIGI is even worse!!!
Linux is OK for Drivers and finds the audio in/out ok.

Everything works OK if I revert to Windows, but I would prefer to leave Windows for good.

Clearly I have missed something, or am approaching from the wrong direction, or using the wrong rig-control set-up.
Any advice/ ideas would be most welcome
Mike G4TWW

Club Net

Every Tuesday from 18.45 Hrs  ish till ?

Join us on the 2Mtr band  on 145.500 to start then qsy to free channel for a Natter Call Sign is MX0HQG/A

Succesfull junction 28 Rally 2018

28 Rally 2018
Another successful ‘Junction 28 Radio Rally’ was organised on Sunday June 10th by South Normanton, Alfreton and District Amateur Radio Club (SNADARC).
The good weather must have brought people out even though it is an indoor event as 40 people were queuing by 08:30 and by the time the doors opened at 10:00 it was nearer 300. With over 400 people milling about it is no wonder the sandwiches sold out twice. The committee would like to thank all the traders and visitors for their support again. With 45 stands using over 100 tables there was something for everybody from vintage to new technology, TV, SDR, microwave etc. Plenty of those hard to find components, antenna, masts, cables and connectors, chips to coils plus all the books and magazines to find out how to use them. Local and national clubs with RSGB, RAIBC and BRARS brought hams from far and wide. New this year were Sotabeams, M0CVO and hifiSSB with lots of our regulars.
Many people commented on the friendly atmosphere plus a bar and meeting areas and most got their bargains. The club managed to make a profit so guess what. We are doing it all again next year. Get it in your diary now Sunday June 9th 2019, ten minutes from M1 junction 28. If you want a table book early as some late applications were disappointed.
The photos show the setting up before too many people blocked the view



Snadarc J28 Radio Rally 2018


We are Sorry but with effect from Monday June 4th allJunction 28 Rally tables have been sold.
 We sincerely apologise to anybody trying to contact the secretary in the previous week but
  BT badly let us down for phone and internet.




Promoted by South Normanton Alfreton and District Amateur Radio Club.
Sunday June 10th at Alfreton Leisure Centre Bowls Hall, Church St. Alfreton. DE55 7BD
NB This is not club QTH.
Doors open 10:30 (Traders 08:00)
100 tables, all indoors. Bar refreshments in hall and full café in main sports centre.
Trade sales: Private sales: RSGB: Tranceivers: Vintage: QRP: TV: Test Gear: Antennae: Masts: Power Supplies: Components: Accessories: Tools: Spares: Books & magazines: Club stands: Meeting area:
Enquiries contact Rally Secretary Anya Lawrence 07902535402  01773535117
Or Rally Manager
Directions: from M1 North or South at Junction 28 take A38 West to 3rd exit A61 Alfreton,
pass Tesco then at War Memorial turn left.
Chesterfield and Yorkshire follow A61 to Alfreton, turn right at War Memorial.
From Midlands follow A38 to A61, turn left at War Memorial.